September 4, 2015 The Traveling Gals 14Comment

Norway is known for its world famous fjords, majestic mountains and spectacular glaciers.  Norway encompasses a beauty so stunning it almost does not feel real.  The other two gals and I were lucky to visit Norway as part of a trip to Northern Europe.  We visited Bergen, Alesund and Geiranger.  Cruising the fjords to Geiranger felt like I was part of a movie.  The scenery was unbelievable.  When we arrived at the bottom of Geiranger fjord we embarked on the most memorable hike of our lives so far. The climb to the top was steep and physically demanding, but entirely worth it.  You could drink the crisp, cool glacial water streaming the waterfalls.  The view from top evoked a feeling that our small group was the only people in the world.  It was July so it was misty, but warm enough to wear pants and a light jacket.  The hike down was the most treacherous part as the mist created a slide of mud and foliage.  It was thrilling, exhilarating and unforgettable.

Geiranger, Norway Waterfall
Waterfall on Geiranger Fjord

TTG Tip: Bring appropriate clothes if you are going to hike up a fjord. The youngest had to throw away her shoes and pants after hiking up Geiranger Fjord! So worth it though!

Our next stop was Alesund and even thought it was after 11 p.m. it was bright as can be outside.  It is a very interesting sensation when the sun ever fully sets.  Alesund is the gateway to the fjords and appropriately named the “adventure capital”.  After taking the 418 step walk to the top of Mount Aksla the next morning, we were not only rewarded with a picture perfect view but a huge troll!

Alesund, Norway
Kary and the troll in Alesund, Norway

The last stop in Norway was Bergen where we spent time at the Fish Market.  I love visiting markets when I am traveling.  It is like an education in local culture.  We also went into local shops and grocery co-ops while walking through streets lined with vibrantly colored wooden houses.  We sailed out of Norway on the North Sea and saw all the oil rigs.  They were fascinating to see working oil rigs first hand.

Alesund, Norway
Queen Mary 2 docked in Alesund, Norway

After visiting Norway, I am so impressed with the authenticity of the Norway pavilion in EPCOT.  The details and atmosphere are spot on with our experience.  It was sad for us to see Maelstrom close because it was such a true representation of everything we saw in Norway.  Several times in the country of Norway, much to other people in our traveling group’s dismay, we kept saying…wow this is just like EPCOT!

Norway pavilion at EPCOT
Norway pavilion in EPCOT

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While they do not have a booth for the Food and Wine Festival, there is a great restaurant and bakery at the pavilion. The restaurant, Akershus, has character dining with the Disney Princesses for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We enjoy this restaurant very much, but make your reservations far in advance! The bakery, Kringla, serves sandwiches, pastries, and specialty treats.

Have you traveled to Norway before? Where did you go? Let us know in the comments!

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Alesund, Norway
Alesund, Norway
Geiranger, Norway
Grass roof house in Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger, Norway
Queen Mary 2 anchored in Geiranger, Norway

14 thoughts on “Norway: Land of the Midnight Sun

    1. I agree with you, I love seeing the markets! The Northern Lights are next on my list. I think my next trip I am going to try to plan is to Iceland and hopefully get to see them! – Ashley

  1. My husband was in Bergen for work a few years ago. He LOVED it! I haven’t been myself, but I’ve really enjoyed seeing all of his pictures and hearing about his adventures there. He really wants us to go back together someday.

  2. I am so glad you enjoyed visiting my home country! It really is beautiful here 🙂

    I’m so sad about them closing Maelstrom too, and we were so annoyed when they painted some of the buildings in the Pavillion purple (to match the ‘Frozen’ theme)! As you will have seen on this trip, there aren’t many purple houses in Norway, haha.

    Also, just an FYI – a fjord is merely the body of water your ship sailed on, so you would have hiked up a mountain starting from the fjord, as opposed to hiking up the fjord 😉

    Loved this post! 🙂

    1. Thank you!!! We loved Norway. Hopefully we will be able to go back and spend more time traveling around. It really is disappointing what they are doing to the Norway pavilion at Epcot. I thought Maelstrom was a great ride that really showed off Norway. We especially loved the end of the ride when you go past the oil rig and end up in the town that looked just like towns we had seen!

      Also, thanks for letting me know! We were all under the impression that the fjord is the mountain haha, whoops!

  3. Wow, Norway is so beautiful! It’s one of those places I would want to stay for a long period of time. I heard that people are a lot happier over there, I can imagine why, being surrounded by all that beauty.

    1. Agreed. I hope to be able to go back and spend more time traveling through the country. Most people we met while we were there were very friendly and pleasant!

    1. We went several years ago so I am not quite sure how expensive it was there. I hope you are able to travel there!

  4. I’ve visited Oslo to visit a good friend but your trip sounds like it covered a lot of terrain and a mix of scenes. My husband is often in Stavanger so I’ll hopefully end up there for a while, with the children, and back in Oslo. Thanks for more ideas.

    1. We got to see quite a few places in Norway in a short amount of time. I hope to be able to go back and get to see Oslo.

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